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Shri Kailash Choudhary Ji, Hon’ble Union Minister of States for Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare visited ICAR-Central Institute for Women in Agriculture, Bhubaneswar on 15th May, 2023 for a Review Meeting. At the outset, Dr. Mridula Devi, Director, ICAR-CIWA welcomed the Minister and all the invited delegates. In her welcome address, she narrated the role played by ICAR-CIWA in the empowerment of farm women through its research, training and extension activities. As the Guest of Honour, Dr Bimlesh Mann, ADG (EP&HS), ICAR highlighted the uniqueness and importance of the institute in the country in empowerment of farm women. Further, she highly appreciated the efforts of the institute through research and developmental initiatives for gender mainstreaming and women empowerment. The Hon’ble Minister Shri Kailash Choudhary Ji graced the occasion as the Chief Guest and expressed his happiness to interact with the farm women groups at ICAR-CIWA. In his speech, he encouraged the farm women to formulate SHGs/FPOs and also motivate other women to join the existing SHGs to take up the agri-business and avail the benefits through various government schemes and programmes. He also suggested ICAR-CIWA to organize a MEGA fair involving women FPOs, Industries and other stakeholder for development of women entrepreneurship and enhancing the business and marketing opportunities. In addition, he highlighted the magnitude of leisure time utilization by women towards the upgradation of agri-enterprise in crops as well as the livestock sectors. On this occasion, an arrangement was also made to showcase various activities of Women Self Help Groups / FPOs which was extremely appreciated by the Hon’ble Minister. He interacted with the staff of the institute, farm women, women entrepreneurs, SHG members and FPO members immersed in the field of agriculture through the institute activity. About 250 participants participated in this auspicious function.

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